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Start-up

 

In its first three months, the Clean Energy Regulator focused on establishing the regulatory, business and assurance models that will define how we operate. Our aim is to create an organisation that delivers regulatory services of the highest standard to support a clean energy future for Australia.

On day one, we successfully transitioned the existing regulatory schemes to the new organisation and established corporate functions, supported by a shared services arrangement with the portfolio department, the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. This meant bringing together staff to create an effective organisation both to maintain the mature schemes and to develop the additional capability required for the new carbon pricing mechanism.

A total of 241 people transferred to the Clean Energy Regulator from the department and an additional 52 people transferred from the former Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator. Targeted recruitment brought our staff levels to 53 non-ongoing and 285 ongoing positions by 30 June 2012. The composition of our workforce will evolve as development projects reach their conclusion and new capabilities become fully operational.

Our start-up activities also included the development of corporate systems and processes required to support our work and provide an effective interface for our clients—the current and prospective participants in the schemes we administer.

We marked the first day of operations with the launch of an integrated contact centre for all business lines and a website for our clients and the wider community. By 30 June 2012, the site had attracted 57 912 unique visitors.

As providing education on the carbon pricing mechanism is one of our central responsibilities, we also put considerable effort into direct engagement with our stakeholders and clients. During the reporting period, this included a program of seminars and workshops held around the country, collectively attended by more than 1200 people, as well as individual presentations to peak bodies and stakeholder groups.

We also established memoranda of understanding with selected state, territory and federal government agencies to frame our approach to information exchange and general working relationships. These arrangements will assist the parties to meet their respective regulatory responsibilities in line with legislative requirements.

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